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From Veterans, To Veterans: C.J. Wilson

From Veterans, To Veterans: C.J. Wilson

 CareerSource Pinellas would like to graciously recognize C.J. Wilson for his 10 years as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. We understand that more than courage is needed for one to risk his life for his country: his commitment, caring and personal strength have ascended him to the highest honor.

Currently, C.J. has been with CareerSource for 4 and a half years as one of our brightest LVERs.  Each time he works with an employer who has advised him that they had hired a veteran that was assisted through the CSPIN Veteran Service Department, C.J. considers this the most rewarding experience.

“It’s the small victories that matter the most because that is the beginning to winning the bigger victory for the veteran. It only reconfirms the importance in the work that we do as a Veteran Staff in assisting the veteran population in Pinellas County.”

Because of dedicated individuals like C.J. and our Veteran Services Team, our local veterans can truly be victorious.  Thank you, C.J., for your service to our country, this organization and our community veterans.

From Veterans, To Veterans: Mary Collins & Joshua Kuan

From Veterans, To Veterans: Mary Collins & Joshua Kuan

CareerSource Pinellas proudly recognizes the honorable service of Mary Collins and Joshua Kaun.  Mary served 4 years in the U.S. Army as a 75 Delta Personnel Record Specialist.  Her bravery and sacrifice have given us all the freedoms that we take for granted daily.  Thank you, Mary.

Her service did not end with the military.  Mary has been with CareerSource for 20 years and is a proud member of our DVOP team.  Her 2 decades of experience and wisdom have enabled her to effectively help veterans in the Tampa Bay Area better their lives after their time in the service.

Joshua shares Mary’s passion to help others.  He has served 10 years with the U.S. Navy as Petty Officer Second Class.  We are truly grateful for your service and thank you for the sacrifices you have made to keep us free and safe.

After his time in the service, Joshua joined CareerSource Pinellas as a Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER).  In the one year he has been with the company, he has found a way to truly exemplify the Veterans Services Team through his hard work and determination.

Over the past few weeks, Mary has been assisting a veteran that has been unemployed for the past few years due to having a traumatic brain injury. She had passed his resume off to  Joshua,  and he went over to speak with the hiring manager at Dick’s Sporting Goods.  After discussing the services that CareerSource has to offer, the manager took the veteran’s resume and let Joshua know they would be hiring for the holiday season.  The veteran was called in for an interview and was offered a position as a Sales Associate.  This collaboration of effort between both DVOP and LVER deems the program successful.

Thank you both for your collaborative and tireless efforts to assist our local veterans in bettering their lives.

From Veterans, To Veterans: Dan Wright

From Veterans, To Veterans: Dan Wright

CareerSource Pinellas would like to formally thank Dan Wright 
for his 4 years of service as a Communication Center Supervisor in the U.S. Marines Corps.  For your valor, great efforts and sacrifices to our country, we salute you.

Today, Dan is a member of our DVOP team and has been helping veterans attain our services for nearly 5 and a half years.  His passion to help others goes beyond his time in the military.  Recently, a veteran that graduated from the Robotics and Mechatronics program was hired at $25/hour.  The program boosted his confidence in himself and gave him recent certifications, making him more employable.  Dan says that “it feels good to be involved with a process that betters veterans’ chances of being hired and improves their quality of life.”  Thank you, Dan, for being so instrumental to this process.  CareerSource and our local veterans would not be the same without your hard work.

From Veterans, To Veterans: John Sanaxay

From Veterans, To Veterans: John Sanaxay

 CareerSource Pinellas would like to recognize John Sanaxay for his 4 years of service as Petty Officer 3rd Class Boatswain Mate in the U.S. Navy.  We thank you for your selflessness and dedication to this country. Now, John has been a part of our Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) team for 4 years and works effortlessly to connect veterans with our services.

One day, he was working with this veteran who was struggling with drug addiction. Because of the drug program he was in, he wasn’t allowed to own or operate a vehicle.  Seeing how this really inhibited him from getting around and applying for jobs, John reached out to the local police department which was able to donate a bike for this veteran to use.  The veteran was so thankful for the bike and was able to find a job on his own without relying on public transportation.  Seeing this man achieve something on his own reminded John of why he chose this job in the first place.

Thank you, John, for everything you do for this company.  Your passion to better your fellow veterans inspires us all.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation

In Area 4 there are 12 different VR office locations, see attached Area 4 Unit List for information on all locations to select the closest one for your customer.  The referral form is a fillable document so you can enter information electronically or print it out and hand write information.

The process requires our staff to fill out the referral form and then direct the customer to attend an orientation session.  If the customer cannot attend the orientation, they contact the VR office and request an appointment to meet with a counselor.

 

 

Tobacco Free Florida Contest Winners: July – December 2017

Tobacco Free Florida Contest Winners: July – December 2017

Congratulations!

The PY 17-18 Tobacco Cessation second contest period (July-December) ended on 12.30.17 and the final reports are in…please join us in congratulating the following CareerSource Pinellas staff!

Top Three Individual Staff:

Stephen Walker1
1st place: $150 Stephen Walker ~ 87 referrals

Sharon Bond1
2nd place: $125 Sharon Bond 47 ~ referrals

Deborah Whitty1
3rd place: $100 Deborah Whitty ~ 30 referrals